Ripples Still Felt On Campus From Pledge's Death

Monday, October 1st 2007, 10:39 am
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ The death of a fraternity pledge at the University of Oklahoma three years ago is still having an impact on drinking on the school's campus. Alcohol-related citations have dropped in recent years, and anti-hazing banners are flying outside a number of fraternity and sorority houses.

At the Sigma Chi fraternity house where Hammontree died, a sign is posted outside that expressly forbids alcoholic beverages.

The fraternity has been reinstated after a suspension following Hammontree's death in September 2004.

The 19-year-old from Enid was a Sigma Chi pledge who participated in a function at the house that involved heavy drinking. Fraternity members at the house found his body the next day.

OU President David Boren responded by shutting down Sigma Chi's OU chapter and announcing a comprehensive three-strike alcohol policy calling for repeat offenders to be suspended from campus.

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